Sandbox Issue 216: Tuning In. Connected TV Marketing in Focus
Lead: Music on TV increasingly feels like a relic of the past. Only a handful of shows have any kind of musical guests today and even MTV stopped having promo videos as its main focus years ago. But marketing music on TV...
November 14, 2018
Analyst predicts 164m paying Apple Music subscribers by 2023
Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty – a veteran Apple-watcher – has made some interesting predictions for the future of that company’s ‘services’ business. That includes Apple Music, which...
November 9, 2018
WaveAI launches EP with lyrics and melodies created by AI
The latest startup exploring whether artificial intelligence (AI) can create music is called WaveAI, and it has an app called Alysia that will let anyone test its technology out. The app works like the tools from other...
October 23, 2018
Wear Where? Spotify app coming to Google Wear OS
Apple Music has full integration with the Apple Watch and now its biggest rival wants in on the smart device action. Spotify has announced that from next month its app for Wear OS, the Google-owned operating system for smartwatches...
October 18, 2018
BBC iPlayer Radio replaced by BBC Sounds
The web version of the BBC’s iPlayer Radio is being shut down and will be replaced by the BBC Sounds app which rolls radio, music and podcasts in a single location. There is also a web version of BBC Sounds. As is now...
October 17, 2018
Every loser Winamps: music player is reborn as an app
People of a certain age will get all wistful and nostalgic at the mere mention of Winamp – the early digital media player for Windows that launched in 1997 and was acquired by AOL in 1999 for $80m. It got left in the dust...
October 16, 2018
Black Coffee ready to launch GongBox streaming app in Africa
At the Midem conference in June, South African artist Black Coffee talked about his plans to launch an app that included music-streaming and social-networking elements, called GongBox. “For the longest time we’ve been...
October 8, 2018
Swedish startup Gestrument raises funding and launches ‘Pro’ app
Swedish firm Gestrument is one of the startups exploring apps as music-making tools, having been founded in 2012, and received critical acclaim for its app – also called Gestrument. Now the company has launched a...
September 25, 2018
Music Messenger to rely on YouTube API for October app update
We’ve written about Music Messenger before: it’s the music-focused messaging app that raised $24.4m in funding, but then removed its app from Apple and Google’s app stores in the west, to focus on other products. As...
September 6, 2018
Free music app Trebel is adding 300k new users a month
Startup Trebel Music has flown below our radar until now, having originally launched in beta in 2016, before its commercial launch in the US and Mexico last month. The app lets people download an array of popular songs and...
August 30, 2018
Humbolt launches ‘ethical’ indie-focused streaming app
The latest startup hoping to provide independent artists and labels with a streaming home is called Humbolt. Based in New York, it has launched a mobile app, following a beta period that kicked off earlier this year.
August 24, 2018
Debate ramps up about Apple and Google’s app-store cuts
We wrote yesterday about the news that Netflix was testing ditching the option for people to pay for its subscription via in-app purchases on iOS – and broke the news that Spotify had quietly removed that option for its...
August 23, 2018